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February 26, 2015

3 Reasons to Send Your Child to Water Sports Summer Camp

Water sports is guaranteed fun for boys and girls. Whether it is a lake, river or the ocean, spending the summer near a body of water is a special and memorable time.  summer camp can consist of any number of activities to choose from. Kids interested in more traditional sports such as swimming and diving, as well as those... Read More

February 20, 2015

How Parents Can Use Summer Camp Programs to Foster Independence

Parents want to believe that when their children step into the real world, they can go forth safely with their health, personal integrity, and confidence intact. Spending summer at camp is a great bridge into that world, fortifying a child’s character and giving them the freedom to explore and experiment in a safe environment. Tips for Parents Letting a... Read More

February 15, 2015

Why Technology and Computer Summer Camps Are Increasingly Valuable to the Next Generation

You can see the metamorphosis in your own home. Whereas you grew up with maps, record players, and telescopes, your kids punch a destination into their GPS, download music from the internet and point an app at the stars. Grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe was passed to you in an old hand-written index card; they Pin it to some cyber... Read More

February 9, 2015

Now Is the Time to Start Thinking About Summer Camp

The 2015 Summer Camp Season Has Officially Started As kids return to their regular school schedule after time off for the holiday, parents are already thinking ahead about the spring and summer and helping children make plans for summer camp. It may seem like it is too early to think about the summer, but any parent who has sent... Read More

February 4, 2015

Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America

There are more than 8,000 residential summer camps in the United States and Canada. Picking the best one from so many may seem like a huge task. Follow the “top-ten” list below and you will find the best camp for your child. It may not be the same camp I’d choose for my son or that your neighbor would... Read More

August 29, 2014

The Debate over Summer Preparations: Sunny Side and Structured at Camp or Free Range

Summer pecking away at your sanity? Camp is not just for the kids Many parents want to offer kids an unstructured summer and more family time in lieu of a structured summer camp. One such parent is New York Times mom-blogger KJ Dell’Antonia, who published a debate with fellow columnist and summer camp advocate Bruce Feiler. Yet inevitably, sometime... Read More

August 15, 2014

How Summer Camps are Changing the World

At some point, a common thought has crossed the minds of all those who’ve spent a childhood summer at camp: the world would be a little brighter if life were a bit more like summer camp. Some organizations have taken this whimsical fancy to heart and are using summer camp as a vehicle for broader change in the world.... Read More

July 28, 2014

USNews.com Reports on How Summer Vacation can be a Time for Self Discovery

USNews.com published a June article emphasizing the importance of high schoolers using summer vacation as a time for self-discovery and pursuit of academic and professional interests. According to the article, summer offers a framework for low-stress exploration of activities, colleges, and careers through a couple of different avenues: Experts support educational camps and college prep programs as beneficial summer... Read More

July 8, 2014

Summer camps capitalize on kids’ inherent idealism and energy

Online youth magazine Tween Tribune recently featured outstanding adolescents making powerful contributions in their communities. David Albright, for example, has been baking muffins almost every week for five years for locals in-need at the Beth El Center in Connecticut. Despite his quiet humility, Albright garnered national attention as an honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program in... Read More

June 19, 2014

New Studies Indicate that Kids Need More Sleep

NPR (National Public Radio) printed an article highlighting two studies regarding a correlation between sleep deprivation and depression in teens: “The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers’ risk of depression, two studies say.” The two studies are from University of Texas Health Science Center... Read More